Preview: Sky Blue Welcomes Portland Seeking 3 Points

Sky Blue, McCaskill
Savannah McCaskill

Sky Blue FC returns home for the Memorial Day weekend seeking its first win of the season as it hosts Portland Thorns FC.

Kickoff on Saturday is set for 6 p.m. at Yurcak Field.

The Blues (0-4-2, 2 points) come into the match in eighth place in the National Women’s Soccer League standings, one point ahead of the Orlando Pride and four points behind Reign FC. The Thorns sit in sixth place with a 2-1-2 record (8 points.)

Raquel Rodriguez continues to be a threat to opposing backlines. She netted her second goal of the season on May 18 against Reign FC. Continuing to be a creator on the pitch for Sky Blue, forward Savannah McCaskill is averaging 1.8 chances created per game, tied for the fourth most in the league.

“Going into the game against Portland, we are really looking to put a full 90 minutes together,” said McCaskill. “From start to finish we want to impose ourselves on them and ultimately get the 3 points at home before heading into a break.”

Opponent

The Thorns are coming off its first loss of the season losing to the Washington Spirit 3-1.

Four of Portland’s 12 goals this season have come off of set pieces, tying them for second-most in the league.  

The visitors will be missing several major pieces this week as a result of the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup. Christine Sinclair (3 goals, 1 assist), Caitlin Foord (3 goals, 1 assist), Tobin Heath (2 goals, 1 assist), Andressinha (1 goal) and Emily Sonnett (1 goal) are all out for Saturday’s matchup. Additionally, Portland will be without Ellie Carpenter, Adriana Franch, Lindsey Horan, and Hayley Raso.

Second matchup

The two teams played on April 29 with the match at Yurcak Field ending in a 2-2 draw. Carli Lloyd, who is with the U.S. Women’s National Team, scored both goals.

Looking Ahead

Following its matchup against Portland, Sky Blue will not be back on the pitch on June 15 to face Utah Royals FC in Sandy, Utah. Kick off is 10 p.m. ET.